Skilled Labor and Trades members use their lobby day to push for smart measures that actually save money
Feb 07, 2017
2/7/17 Members of the Skilled Labor and Trades (SLAT) Committee came to the Capitol Tuesday for their Lobby Day. It came a day after skilled labor/trades member Bing Bristol of Local 443 in Olympia faced off against powerful Sen. Dino Rossi and testified against Rossi’s bill to open state government to widespread and unchecked outsourcing.
The SLAT members instead are using their lobby day to push another approach to government contracting: the Federation-initiated Taxpayer Protection Act.
House Bill 1851 protects taxpayers by increasing accountability and transparency for dollars spent on government contracting (outsourcing). Unlike Rossi’s approach, it doesn’t assume that all contracting out is good and saves dollars. The SLAT members have lots of stories of how private contractors botched jobs – and our skilled labors and trades employees for their agency or college or university had to fix it. The Rossi approach is pennywise and pound-foolish. Ours puts accountability to taxpayers – and quality work – first.
HB 1851 is sponsored by Rep. Laurie Dolan of the 22nd Dist.
On their lobby day, the SLAT members are also pushing a bill that comes from an idea they had. HB 1871 addresses licensing and certification requirements for electrical and plumbing work performed by state employees. This is about public safety because the state uses what is known as the “homeowner exemption” to allow unlicensed entities allowing unlicensed people to do trade work on state property.
HB 1871 is sponsored by Rep. Mike Sells of the 38th Dist.
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